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Clement Ponders Team For Bolton Match
17 August 2018
By Hob Nob Anyone?
The Royals will be hoping to build on their League Cup victory over Birmingham during the week and follow it up with a first League win as Bolton Wanderers visit the Madejski Stadium this weekend. Last season Reading and Bolton were battling it out at the bottom of the table to avoid relegation. Reading have carried on where they left off and two defeats see them officially in bottom place in the Championship, meanwhile Bolton have got off to a good start with four points already on the board. Bolton were beaten at Leeds in the League Cup, 1-2, but fielded a dramatically different team in that game. They will see this as an opportunity to continue their good start.
Reading did make changes against Birmingham on Tuesday but still put out a strong side that wasn't far away from first choice. The victory, with goals from Meite and Swift, was a big confidence boost but may have come at a price with a number of players taking minor knocks. Barrow left the pitch in the first half with an apparent hamstring problem and could well be out of action, or at least rested, against Bolton. Meite and Bacuna should be fit for selection but also had minor injuries during the match.
Liam Moore made his return to action and will be hoping he did enough to warrant a start in the centre of defence in the League. Ilori and McShane will also be in with a good should depending on Clement's choice of formation for a game we want to set out to win. Up front Bodvarsson could be back in the team, but Clement could opt to give Baldock and McNulty another go together.
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